Latest posts by KT53

Rose Varieties in your garden

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:42

No roses in my garden at present.  There will be one going in over winter, called Shot Silk.  It's only available bare rooted and was the one my mum had in her wedding bouquet back in 1946.  She had one in her garden for many years but it didn't survive the move to my place when she died.

Hoorah for the Paralympics

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:39

Just saw the clip of the torch bearer taking a tumble.  I liked how fast help was there, but also how quickly they disappeared into the background again once she was back upright.

Better than Wyevale

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:37

Trioscape, near Newent, Gloucestershire.  Still privately owned (I think).  More garden centre than nursery but has some interesting stuff at times.

Bill & ben

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:35

Do a search on "Bill and Ben garden ornaments".  There are loads.

Trimming tree

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 08:33

Definitely let your neighbour know what you plan to do.  I was planning to remove a hedge and replace it with fencing as the hedge was way past its best and had basically opened up along the top.  The neighbour couldn't physically see the problem 'coz he's only a little fella, but it was really annoying me.

I told him what I wanted to do and he was over the moon.  I hadn't realised how far the top had 'opened' over his garden, and he hadn't wanted to say anything!  Result we are both happy, and have more garden to work with.

Moisture metre

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 19:29
linzijayne74 says:

Hello all!  I've posted on here previously about whether I'm overwatering/underwatering my outdoor plants (and a few of you were kind enough to respond, thank you).  Well, a couple of weeks ago I happened upon a Moisture Metre in Wilko's and thought I'd give it a go; with it being just £4 I thought I didn't have much to lose.  I can report I'm really pleased with it (so far, anyway!).  One of my potted Echinaceas looked quite dry on the top of the soil the other day but when I inserted my metre to root level, it was actually wet.  (It also has a pH metre and 'light' metre on it too).  Just thought I'd share with anyone who maybe wanted to take the guesswork out of plant watering, or who is just interested to know what's going on underneath that soil!  :)

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 You have done really well on the price.  In my local garden centre today they were a penny short of £20 each, not multifunction.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 19:25
Guernsey Donkey2 says:

We don't have Wyevale here but we do have Blue Diamond. There are a chain of Blue Diamond garden centres throughout England - about 17 mostly around the south of England but one or two further north. Does anyone on here shop at them? Each of the GC's has it's own individual name but comes under the Blue Diamond group.

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 I didn't realise there were so many in the group.  The one I travel to is part of the Blue Diamond group.  Plant quality and price is really good and staff are helpful and knowledgeable.  What really impressed me was when we arrived quite early one morning, staff weren't just watering (to be expected) but deadheading everything as they went along too.  Just indicative of the level of care they give the plants.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 15:47

All the loyalty vouchers I' ve had from Wyevale have had an expiry date on them, and quite a short period too.  I was at another gc this morning and the are still stuffed full of plants. It does look more and more as if there might be problems coming up at Wyevale.

They normally have Christmas stuff appearing by now - just a big empty area at the moment.


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:57

If you're determined to get rid of the worms there is a treatment call Castclear which apparently doesn't harm the worms but they don't like the effect it has on the surface of the soil so they go elsewhere.

A while ago on Gardeners World they visited a guy who had bowling green style lawns.  He used a device which looked like a broom handle with  a long, flexible rod at the end.  He simply swept that back and forth to remove the casts.  His were probably the best lawns I've seen in years, so it clearly worked.

Badger problem

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:48

Sorry but I don't see that any organisation / authority can be held responsible for an accident suffered by your brother in his own garden.  He could try contacting one of the 'No win, no fee' solicitors but I suspect even they wouldn't take it on.

Badgers are a protected species, so he's probably just going to have to get used to them destroying the garden.

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